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Missouri Man Arrested for Assaulting Law Enforcement During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Assaulted Police at Upper West Terrace

            WASHINGTON - A Missouri man has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, including assaulting law enforcement, related to his actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.

            Chancelor Nathan Taylor, 26, of Anderson, Missouri, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with a felony offense of forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating, or interfering with certain designated individuals. Taylor is also charged with several misdemeanors, including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do, knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of government business, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a capitol building, and act of physical violence in the capitol grounds or buildings.

            Taylor was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, in Missouri and made his initial appearance in the Western District of Missouri.

            According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m., a line of police officers were guarding the Upper West Terrace area outside of the Capitol building and had formed a line across a staircase where a large crowd had formed. Multiple rioters in this crowd, including Taylor, suddenly rushed at the line of police officers and used their bodies to physically push into the officers’ shields. Taylor ran toward the officers, barreling into the police line with his shoulder and hitting one officer’s shield.

            The officer responded by pushing Taylor backward. Taylor fell to the ground but quickly regained his footing and continued to actively resist the officers. Officers then deployed oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray at Taylor, who then retreated down the stairs. After retreating, Taylor turned around and shouted at officers, “I hope you all f****** die!”

            This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri.

            This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Kansas City and Washington Field Offices. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

            In the 32 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,100 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 396 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing. 

            Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit

Updated September 8, 2023

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Press Release Number: 23-531